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Morocco’s Aïcha El Basri wins ‘Best Arab Novel’ award

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Morocco’s Aïcha El Basri won Wednesday’s “Best Arab Novel” award at the 37th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates.

The Moroccan novelist and poet was awarded for her novel “Al Hayat min douni” (Life without me). This prize has is worth 150,000 emirate dirhams (roughly MAD 390,000).

Aïcha El Basri is a member of the International Association of Literary Criticism (France), the House of Poetry in Morocco and the Union of Writers of Morocco. She is also laureate of the Kateb Yacine International Prize for the novel (Algérie) in 2016 for her work “Hafidat Grita Jarbot”. She was also awarded in 2017 as part of the Simone Landry Women’s Poetry Prize (Paris).

The 37th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair, organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (ALC) around the theme “History of Letters”, opened its doors on Wednesday with the participation of nearly 1,900 publishing houses of different countries, including Morocco.

This edition, of which Japan is the guest of honor, will see the exhibition of 20 million books, including 1.6 million new titles from 77 countries, and the organization of 1800 cultural, artistic and entertainment events, presented by 472 guests of different nationalities.

(With MAP)